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Much has been said about the 4 Aces, no I am not talking about the singing group from the area that had the Philly legend Al Alberts in it, of course we’re talking about the Phillies starting rotation. Perhaps on paper, the best Phillies rotation ever assembled.
The season opens in a few hours, though Mother Nature is not cooperating all that much with the plans. Cy Young Award winner (x2), Roy Halladay takes the mound today if the weather gods permit. He faces the Phillies ace from a few years ago, Brett Myers. Myers is still a tough, gnarling pitcher who knows how to get the job done.
The Astros should be holding a ‘straight’ in this series. They probably will be heading straight down to the bottom of the NL Central when they finish up this Opening Day Weekend series with the Phillies.
There is so much media coverage for this event, I really think baseball has replaced the Eagles as Philly’s team. There is just too much going on with the Phillies that is right, and it seems a little bit opposite with the Eagles.
The long road of the 2011 season is upon us. No, I am not saying the Phillies have a ticket straight into the World Series. To say anything like that is pure speculation. It’s part of being a fan though and I don’t blame people for thinking it. It’s part of the Opening Day hype, “My team is going all the way.” We’ll see what happens as the season unfolds.
Great pitching goes a long way, it wins ballgames. The Phillies offense has had a strange tendency to ‘stall’ at times. We’ve seen that last year especially, when Ruben Amaro Jr. publicly acknowledged that he was quite concerned about the abilities of this ballclub around the time just before the trade deadline. Even Jimmy Rollins took umbridge with Amaro’s remarks, but you know Amaro had a few good points in saying what he did.
It’s a team effort reaching a common goal, all of the parts of the team must be functioning properly to achieve it.
FightinPhillies Picks for the NL East finish in 2011:
1. Phillies- 97 wins
2. Braves- 95 wins
3. Mets– 86 wins
4. Nationals – 83 wins
5. Marlins – 78 wins
My picks above indicate a back and forth battle for first by the Braves and the Phillies as you can see by the above win totals. We’ll see what happens as the season unfolds.